Application Process

The Application Process

At University School, we believe that the admission of students, much like the hiring of faculty, defines our identity and aspirations as an institution. The goal of our admission process is to identify the personal and academic strengths of each candidate and to ensure that a University School education is the right fit for the student, offering an environment where they will be happy and successful.
School records, current teacher evaluations, and application materials provide the Admission Committee with essential insights into how the student performs in an academic setting. These documents shed light on the student’s learning style, achievements, and social behavior. Additionally, a school visit, an interview with the Director of Admission, and admission testing are integral parts of our assessment process.
Ultimately, what matters most is the holistic view our admission officers develop of each applicant. While specific criteria may vary by grade, we consistently seek certain core qualities:
  • Character - leadership, cooperativeness, honesty, capacity for friendship
  • Industry - willingness to take risks, perseverance, and discipline in completing tasks
  • Competence - academic promise and achievement, love of learning
  • Unique interests and talents - the arts, athletics, hobbies
Through this comprehensive and holistic approach, we aim to build a student body that embodies the values and standards of University School.

University School offers students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin or disability all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. While private school admissions in Cleveland, Ohio will vary, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or disability in administering educational policies, admission policies, athletic, and other school-administered programs. For more information on our admission process, please contact us today.

Shaker Heights Campus JUNIOR K – GRADE 8

20701 Brantley Road, Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
Phone: (216) 321-8260

Hunting Valley Campus GRADES 9 – 12

2785 SOM Center Road, Hunting Valley, Ohio 44022
Phone: (216) 831-2200